in 1943, renowned Austrian physicist Edwin Schrodinger asked “What is Life?”
thereby invigorating the debate which preoccupied biologists at the time. He
proposed an answer to this question rooted in considerations borrowed from
Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics. To reveal the missing link in Biology-Physics,
the present Note investigates an alternate answer in which dynamical action,
rather than thermodynamics and energy, plays the fundamental role. It reviews
in particular the process of biological cell replication which may be
considered to define “Life” and might be the macroscopic manifestation of an
underlying quantum physical process in which xons, conveyors of dynamical
action, are the determining agents.
Cite this paper
Auffray, J. (2014) Biology-Physics the Missing Link?. Journal of Modern Physics
, 359-363. doi: 10.4236/jmp.2014.56046
 Schrodinger, E. (1944) What Is Life? Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.
 Auffray, J.-P. (2013) Journal of Modern Physics, 48A, 121-125.http://dx.doi.org/10.4236/jmp.2013.48A011
 Auffray, J.-P. (2013) Journal of Modern Physics, 411A, 9-13. http://dx.doi.org/10.4236/jmp.2013.411A1002
 Moreau de Maupertuis, P.L. (1756) Nouvelle edition corrigee et augmentee. http://catalogue.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/cb309107393
 Leibniz, G.W. (1971) Dynamica de Potentia. Mathematische Schriften 6, Georg Holms Verlag Hildesheim, New York.
 Planck, M. (1950) Scientific Autobiography. http://fr.scribd.com/doc/41698869/Max-Planck-Planck.
 Feynman, R.F., Leighton, R.B. and Sands, M. (1966) The Feynman Lectures on Physics. Vol. III, 19-1, Addison-Wesley, Reading.
 Smolin, R.L. (2006) The Trouble with Physics. Houghton Mifflin, Boston.
 Theriot, J.A. (2013) Why Are Bacteria Different from Eukaryotes? BMC Biology, 213, 11-119. http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1741-7007-11-119